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Episode 44: Soft Skills Every Developer Needs with Brian Prince

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According to Wikipedia the definition for Soft skills is a sociological term relating to a person's "EQ" (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people. Soft skills complement hard skills (part of a person's IQ), which are the occupational requirements of a job and many other activities.In this episode.

In this episode Keith and Woody sat down with Brian Prince, Developer/Architect Evangelist for Microsoft, to discuss the soft skills developers and software engineers need.  Brian has been speaking at conferences about soft skills for many years.  In true Deep Fried fashion this show is chalk full of stories.  The guys discuss tips for handling one's career as well as life work balance, sales and communication.

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Brian H. Prince is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft focused on building and educating the architect community in his district. Prior to joining Microsoft in March 2008, he was a Senior Director, Technology Strategy for a major mid-west partner. He has achieved over 13 years Information Technology management and consulting experience including e-commerce, extranets, and business technology. Brian has successfully implemented his technology expertise in numerous industries including real estate, financial services, healthcare, retail and state government institutions. Brian has exceptional proficiency in the Microsoft .NET framework, Service Oriented Architecture, building ESBs, and both smart client and web based applications. Further, he has maintained numerous executive positions where he applies management capabilities in the field of developing marketing and strategy efforts to improve and enhance Web based technologies. Further, he is a co-founder of the non-profit organization CodeMash ( He speaks at various regional and national technology events including TechEd. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Physics from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He is also an avid gamer.

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Brian can be found on Twitter at @brianhprince



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#1 Eric on 2.11.2010 at 11:08 PM

Good episode!

#2 John Nguru on 1.08.2011 at 3:29 AM

I has just become a fun so I am revising old podcast and I kind of like this one. congs.

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